- Opportunity to complete a for-credit internship in business, education, health, international relations and social work
- Elective courses taught in Spanish or English
- International excursion
- Minimum 2.6 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- (Spring semester) Open to advanced and superior-level Spanish speakers
- (Fall semester) Open to high-intermediate, advanced, and superior-level Spanish speakers
- Completed API application
- University Contact Information Form
- One letter of recommendation
- One official transcript
- Additional supplemental forms
- Statement of purpose and résumé
- Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
Add on a Volunteer Program!
- API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
- Volunteer Add-On Options
Dates & Fees
If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.
All students will start with an intensive Spanish course for the first month. Students may then elect to complete an additional intensive Spanish course along with one elective course. See below for more information about the courses offered each term. Students will begin their internship during the third month of the program and continue it for 8 weeks.
All students will start with an intensive Spanish course for the first month in conjunction with one elective course that will last a full three months. Students may elect to complete an additional intensive Spanish course during the second month of the program. See below for more information about the courses offered each term. Students will begin their internship during the third month of the program and continue it for 8 weeks.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION FOR THE INTERNSHIP COMPONENT
- International Relations
- Molecular Biology and Environmental Conservation
- Social Work
SPANISH COURSE OFFERINGS
Intermediate Spanish II (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.
Intermediate Conversational Spanish (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.
Advanced Spanish I (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.
Advanced Spanish II (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.
Advanced Conversational Spanish (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course is based on acquiring the skills of self-correction. Students acquire higher levels of diction and fluency through the exposure to oral contexts idiomatic language and the varieties of Spanish spoken in different Spanish-speaking nations. This course develops skills in reading discussion, analysis, self-correction and research. Emphasis is placed on pragmatic production and students must be prepared to spend a minimum of 2 extra hours per day on assignments.
Oral Expression Techniques (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.
Advanced Writing (5) – Conducted in Spanish [Syllabus]
This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.
ELECTIVE COURSE OFFERINGS
All students are required to take one elective course, which should be selected from the courses offered within the Spanish Language and Culture Program at Veritas. They may choose from a limited number of elective courses available in the evening so as not to conflict with their internship hours.
- Cultural Studies
- Health and Human Services
- International Relations
- Marine Biology
- Political Science
- Tropical Ecology